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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738666/influence-of-kitesurf-equipment-on-injury-rates
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Sebastian F Baumbach, Tanja Stawinski, Daniel Schmitz, Carsten Schoeneberg, Marcus Jäger, Christian Wedemeyer, Max D Kauther
BACKGROUND: Various injuries in kitesurfing (KS) have been reported so far. The aim of this study was to validate the effect of different kite designs and safety equipment on the injury rate compared to older studies. METHODS: A retrospective epidemiological study based on an anonymous face-to-face survey was conducted amongst active kitesurfers. The questionnaire consisted of 66 questions focusing on the equipment used, injury rates, overuse injuries and gender differences...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738219/finding-features-figuratively
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Sarah H Solomon, Sharon L Thompson-Schill
Object concepts refer to unique clusters of properties that can be selectively activated or inhibited depending on what information is currently relevant. This conceptual "stretching" enables limitless new meanings to be generated, and figurative language provides a useful framework in which to study this conceptual flexibility. Here we probe the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the comprehension of novel metaphors as a means of understanding the conceptual flexibility inherent to language processing more generally...
July 21, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738147/round-robin-study-molecular-simulation-of-thermodynamic-properties-from-models-with-internal-degrees-of-freedom
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Michael Schappals, Andreas Mecklenfeld, Leif Kröger, Vitalie Botan, Andreas Köster, Simon Stephan, Edder J García, Gabor Rutkai, Gabiele Raabe, Peter Klein, Kai Leonhard, Colin W Glass, Johannes Lenhard, Jadran Vrabec, Hans Hasse
Thermodynamic properties are often modeled by classical force fields which describe the interactions on the atomistic scale. Molecular simulations are used for retrieving thermodynamic data from such models and many simulation techniques and computer codes are available for that purpose. In the present round robin study, the following fundamental question is addressed: Will different user groups working with different simulation codes obtain coinciding results within the statistical uncertainty of their data? A set of 24 simple simulation tasks is defined and solved by five user groups working with eight molecular simulation codes: DL_POLY, GROMACS, IMC, LAMMPS, ms2, NAMD, Tinker, and TOWHEE...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736823/distinct-alignment-of-benzene-derivatives-in-stretched-polystyrene-and-polybutylacrylate-gels-specific-polymer-solute-interactions
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Thomas Niklas, Christian Steinmetzger, Franziska Rüttger, Dietmar Stalke, Michael John
We have measured the alignment of a range of benzene derivatives in cross-linked polystyrene (PS) and poly(butyl acrylate) (PBA) using a small number of residual dipolar couplings (RDCs) and simple geometric considerations. For apolar solutes in PS and protic solutes in PBA, the preferred molecular orientation does not coincide with the longest molecular axis (steric aligment). This behaviour may be explained by specific π-π and hydrogen bonding interactions between solute and polymer, respectively, the latter being confirmed by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations...
July 23, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736562/brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-a-marker-of-fluid-overload-in-incident-hemodialysis-patients
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Charles Chazot, Margaux Rozes, Cyril Vo-Van, Patrik Deleaval, Jean-Marc Hurot, Christie Lorriaux, Brice Mayor, Eric Zaoui, Guillaume Jean
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is secreted by cardiomyocytes under stretch condition. High blood levels are associated with decreased patient survival in heart failure patients and in hemodialysis (HD) patients. We report the monthly BNP change in the first months of HD therapy in incident patients and its relationship with fluid removal and cardiac history (CH). METHODS: All patients starting HD therapy in our unit from May 2008 to December 2012 were retrospectively analyzed...
June 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736167/an-actomyosin-arf-gef-negative-feedback-loop-for-tissue-elongation-under-stress
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Junior J West, Teresa Zulueta-Coarasa, Janna A Maier, Donghoon M Lee, Ashley E E Bruce, Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Tony J C Harris
In response to a pulling force, a material can elongate, hold fast, or fracture. During animal development, multi-cellular contraction of one region often stretches neighboring tissue. Such local contraction occurs by induced actomyosin activity, but molecular mechanisms are unknown for regulating the physical properties of connected tissue for elongation under stress. We show that cytohesins, and their Arf small G protein guanine nucleotide exchange activity, are required for tissues to elongate under stress during both Drosophila dorsal closure (DC) and zebrafish epiboly...
July 13, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735536/five-electronic-state-beyond-born-oppenheimer-equations-and-their-applications-to-nitrate-and-benzene-radical-cation
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Soumya Mukherjee, Bijit Mukherjee, Satrajit Adhikari
We present explicit form of Adiabatic to Diabatic Transformation (ADT) equations and expressions of non-adiabatic coupling terms (NACTs) for a coupled five-state electronic manifold in terms of ADT angles between electronic wavefunctions. ADT matrices eliminate the numerical instability arising from singularity of NACTs and transform the adiabatic Schrödinger equation to its diabatic form. Two real molecular systems NO3 and C6H6(+) (Bz(+)) are selectively chosen for the demonstration of workability of those equations...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734872/modeling-the-cleavage-of-von-willebrand-factor-by-adamts13-protease-in-shear-flow
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Brooke Huisman, Masoud Hoore, Gerhard Gompper, Dmitry A Fedosov
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a key protein in hemostasis as it mediates adhesion of blood platelets to a site of vascular injury. A proper distribution of VWF lengths is important for normal functioning of hemostatic processes, because a diminished number of long VWF chains may significantly limit blood clotting and lead to bleeding, while an abundant number of long VWFs may result in undesired thrombotic events. VWF size distribution is controlled by ADAMTS13 protease, which can cleave VWF chains beyond a critical shear rate when the chains are stretched enough such that cleavage sites become accessible...
July 19, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734850/progression-and-reversibility-of-stretch-induced-atrial-remodeling-characterization-and-clinical-implications
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Shivshankar Thanigaimani, Emma McLennan, Dominik Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Thomas A Agbaedeng, Geoffrey Lee, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, Dennis H Lau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and across the developed nations, it contributes to increasing hospitalizations and healthcare burden. Several comorbidities and risk factors including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity are known to play an important role in the initiation and perpetuation of AF and atrial stretch or dilatation may play a central mechanistic role. The impact of atrial stretch in the development of AF can vary dependent on the underlying disease...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734293/the-stretching-force-on-a-tethered-polymer-in-pressure-driven-flow
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Kai Szuttor, Tamal Roy, Steffen Hardt, Christian Holm, Jens Smiatek
We use mesoscopic lattice-Boltzmann/molecular dynamics simulations to study the stretching behavior of a single tethered polymer in micro- and nanochannels. In particular, we are interested in the connection between fluid flow properties and the force on the polymer chain. An analytical expression for the stretching force is proposed, which linearly depends on the number of monomers and the boundary shear rate. In agreement with theory, the numerical findings reveal that the influence of hydrodynamic interactions can be ignored, which is also supported by results of additional Langevin dynamics simulations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734171/muscle-synergies-reveal-impaired-trunk-muscle-coordination-strategies-in-individuals-with-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Matija Milosevic, Hikaru Yokoyama, Murielle Grangeon, Kei Masani, Milos R Popovic, Kimitaka Nakazawa, Dany H Gagnon
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in paralysis of trunk muscles, which can affect sitting balance. The objective of this study was to analyze trunk muscle coordination of individuals with thoracic SCI and compare it to able-body individuals. A total of 27 individuals were recruited and subdivided into: (a) high thoracic SCI; (b) low thoracic SCI; and (c) able-body groups. Participants were seated and asked to lean their trunk in eight directions while trunk muscle activity was recorded. Muscle coordination was assessed using the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) method to extract muscle modules, which are the synergistic trunk muscle activations, and their directional activation patterns...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733924/cellular-mechanosensitivity-to-substrate-stiffness-decreases-with-increasing-dissimilarity-to-cell-stiffness
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Tamer Abdalrahman, Laura Dubuis, Jason Green, Neil Davies, Thomas Franz
Computational modelling has received increasing attention to investigate multi-scale coupled problems in micro-heterogeneous biological structures such as cells. In the current study, we investigated for a single cell the effects of (1) different cell-substrate attachment (2) and different substrate modulus [Formula: see text] on intracellular deformations. A fibroblast was geometrically reconstructed from confocal micrographs. Finite element models of the cell on a planar substrate were developed. Intracellular deformations due to substrate stretch of [Formula: see text], were assessed for: (1) cell-substrate attachment implemented as full basal contact (FC) and 124 focal adhesions (FA), respectively, and [Formula: see text]140 KPa and (2) [Formula: see text], 140, 1000, and 10,000 KPa, respectively, and FA attachment...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733734/combined-in-vivo-and-ex-vivo-analysis-of-mesh-mechanics-in-a-porcine-hernia-model
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Lindsey G Kahan, Spencer P Lake, Jared M McAllister, Wen Hui Tan, Jennifer Yu, Dominic Thompson, L Michael Brunt, Jeffrey A Blatnik
BACKGROUND: Hernia meshes exhibit variability in mechanical properties, and their mechanical match to tissue has not been comprehensively studied. We used an innovative imaging model of in vivo strain tracking and ex vivo mechanical analysis to assess effects of mesh properties on repaired abdominal walls in a porcine model. We hypothesized that meshes with dissimilar mechanical properties compared to native tissue would alter abdominal wall mechanics more than better-matched meshes. METHODS: Seven mini-pigs underwent ventral hernia creation and subsequent open repair with one of two heavyweight polypropylene meshes...
July 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733446/how-does-pressure-overload-cause-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-dysfunction-high-ouabain-affinity-cardiac-na-pumps-are-crucial
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Mordecai P Blaustein
Left ventricular hypertrophy is frequently observed in hypertensive patients, and is believed to be due to the pressure overload and cardiomyocyte stretch. Three recent reports on mice with genetically-engineered Na(+) pumps, however, demonstrate that cardiac ouabain-sensitive α2 Na(+) pumps play a key role in the pathogenesis of trans-aortic constriction (TAC)-induced hypertrophy. Hypertrophy was delayed/attenuated in mice with mutant, ouabain-resistant α2 Na(+) pumps and in mice with cardiac-selective knockout (KO) or transgenic overexpression (TG) of α2 Na(+) pumps...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733405/analysis-of-dna-replication-in-fission-yeast-by-combing
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Divya R Iyer, Shankar Das, Nick Rhind
DNA replication studies based on population experiments give an average estimate of replication kinetics from many cells. This average replication profile masks the stochastic nature of origin firing in eukaryotes, which is revealed by using single-molecule techniques, such as DNA combing. The analysis of replication kinetics by DNA combing involves isolating DNA from cells that have been pulse-labeled with thymidine analogs and stretching it on a silanized coverslip. The analog-labeled patches on the stretched DNA fibers can then be detected using fluorescent antibodies against the analog...
July 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732916/preparation-and-characterization-of-hybrid-double-network-chitosan-poly-acrylic-amide-acrylic-acid-high-toughness-hydrogel-through-al-3-crosslinking
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Xiancai Jiang, Nanping Xiang, Jinquan Wang, Yulai Zhao, Linxi Hou
Development of bio-based hydrogels with good mechanical properties is of great importance for their excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability. In this paper, chitosan (CS) based double network (DN) hydrogel was prepared by dissolving CS in AlCl3·6H2O aqueous solution instead of acetic acid solution. After dissolving acrylic amide (AM), acrylic acid (AA), N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide and 2-hydroxy-4'-(2-hydoxyethoxy)-2-methylpropiophenone were added into the CS/Al(3+) solution and the CS/PAMAA-Al(3+) DN hydrogel was prepared by UV polymerization...
October 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732757/multimodal-exercise-training-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-persons-with-substantial-mobility-disability
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Brian M Sandroff, Rachel E Bollaert, Lara A Pilutti, Melissa L Peterson, Tracy Baynard, Bo Fernhall, Edward McAuley, Robert W Motl
BACKGROUND: Mobility disability is a common, debilitating feature of multiple sclerosis (MS). Exercise training has been identified as an approach to improve MS-related mobility disability. However, exercise randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on mobility in MS have generally not selectively targeted those with the onset of irreversible mobility disability. OBJECTIVES: The current multi-site RCT compared the efficacy of 6-months of supervised, multimodal exercise training with an active control condition for improving mobility, gait, physical fitness, and cognitive outcomes in persons with substantial MS-related mobility disability...
July 18, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731885/effectiveness-of-a-posterior-shoulder-stretching-program-on-university-level-overhead-athletes-randomized-controlled-trial
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Judy C Chepeha, David J Magee, Martin Bouliane, David Sheps, Lauren Beaupre
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a posterior shoulder stretch was effective in increasing internal rotation (IR) and horizontal adduction (HAd) range of motion (ROM) in overhead athletes identified as having reduced mobility. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial (parallel design). SETTING: University-based sports medicine clinic. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-seven university-level athletes in volleyball, swimming, and tennis, with IR ROM deficits ≥15°, were randomized into intervention or control groups...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731882/the-effect-on-bone-outcomes-of-home-based-exercise-intervention-for-prostate-cancer-survivors-receiving-androgen-deprivation-therapy-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Soo Hyun Kim, Do Hwan Seong, Sang Min Yoon, Young Deuk Choi, Eunju Choi, Youngkyu Song, Hosook Song
BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment-induced bone loss has important long-term effects in prostate cancer survivors (PCSs) receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), but little is known about preventive interventions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a 6-month home-based exercise intervention in PCSs. METHODS: In this pilot, randomized controlled trial, 51 men (mean age, 70.8 years) were randomized to a 6-month home-based exercise intervention for preventing osteoporosis group (n = 26) or an exercise placebo intervention of stretching exercise group (n = 25)...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731322/large-scale-stretchable-semi-embedded-copper-nanowires-transparent-conductive-films-by-electrospinning-template
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Xia Yang, Xiaotian Hu, Qingxia Wang, Jian Xiong, Hanjun Yang, Xiangchuan Meng, Licheng Tan, Lie Chen, Yiwang Chen
With recent emergence of wearable electronic devices, the flexible and stretchable transparent electrodes are the core components to realize innovative devices. Copper nanowires (CuNWs) network is commonly chosen because of its high conductivity and transparency. However, the junction resistances and low aspect ratios still limit its further stretchable performance. Herein, a large-scale stretchable semi-embedded CuNWs transparent conductive film (TCFs) was fabricated by electrolessly depositing Cu on the electrospun poly (4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP) polymer template semi-embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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